Q. What is a persuasive essay?


What is a persuasive essay?

A persuasive essay is one in which you attempt to get the reader to agree with your point of view. You are trying to present arguments, research, and ideas in order to sway the reader one way or the other.  

What are the parts of a persuasive essay?

  • Thesis statement: The argument or the point you are trying to make, and it is found in your introduction.
  • Introduction:  This paragraph describes the problem, the reason why the audience should care, and the point you are trying to make (your thesis statement). 
  • Counterargument:  The counterarguement, or the argument opponents of your point of view will hold, should be included early in your essay.  It is important to present the argument fairly.  Be sure to refute the counterargument with your main objections to it.
  • Body paragraphs:  These paragraphs support your thesis with evidence from credible resources.
  • Conclusion:  This paragraph wraps up your essay by summarizing the main points and restating the thesis.

Do you have any examples?

Check out the files below for examples!


Hamilton, C. (2011). Anthem guide to essay writing.  Retrieved from http://ezproxy.rasmussen.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=1105242&site=eds-live&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_58


  • Last Updated Dec 18, 2020
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